Free Tools to Password Protect Your Website
More often than not, the times that you want to password protect your website are far and few. After all, you are trying to provide a service that is open to the world 24/7. However, there may be some occasions where you need to restrict a few pages or even the entire site from the general public and only make them accessible to a select group of individuals. When such times arise, these free tools will make password protecting your website much easier.
Bravenet Password Protect
The free edition permits you to create a maximum of 50 user accounts. The premium version is priced at about $7 per month and includes several more features, such as server-side authentication and the ability to generate custom error pages.
.htaccess Password Generator
Here is another free solution that provides excellent password protection for your website. .hataccess Password Generator is a powerful utility that calls for you to include the username, password, names of the files that are to be protected and the pathname to your .htaccess file. The program then produces one set of codes that can be added to the .htaccess file and another set that must be saved to an .htpasswd text file and uploaded to your server.
While the program itself is simple to use, the .htaccess file can be complicated for beginners and isn't permitted by all web hosts.
PoppyDog Passsword Protector
PoppyDog Protector is a reliable free password protection utility. In order to use it, you must be a member of the PoppyDog website, as it requires use of their dashboard. The password protector feature can be accessed from your interface where you can create a password protection form, set up usernames and passwords and restrict access on up to 10 web pages. A professional subscription fee of $5 per month with PoppygDog allows you to password protect unlimited pages.
Zubrag Wegpage Password Protect
This free password protection utility is based on the PHP programming language. The script displays a password form to the visitor and also allows you to set up multiple user accounts and various logouts.
To use Zubrag Wegpage Password Protect, you must upload it to your server and add the usernames and passwords with a test editor. This free tool is far more complex as it requires that you open the script in a web browser using the ‘help" parameter, which enables you to view the code that needs to be added to your page. Zubrag offers a support forum to help you set up the utility.